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Bad Religion Lead Us into the ‘New Dark Ages’

Exclusive! Download Bad Religion's latest apocalyptic anthem, "New Dark Ages," from their upcoming album New Maps of Hell.

After 25 years, Bad Religion continues to challenge the status quo. The L.A. punk veterans are currently rushing summer stages as a part of the annual Vans Warped Tour (their fourth festival appearance to date), previewing choice cuts from their forthcoming studio long-player, New Maps of Hell, so thirsty punk die-hards, unite! On “New Dark Ages,” the SoCal legends don’t forget to foreshadow impending doom, as usual. Chugging guitar riffs, soaring harmonies, and Bad Religion’s quick-stepped delivery instantly bring you into their vision of an imminent apocalypse. But unlike their previous politico memorandums, which blend skepticism with a hint of idealism (like in the blatantly hopeful ‘You’ve Got A Chance’), the band completely disregards any glimpse of hope (however small) in favor of ominous lyrics such as “Welcome to the new dark ages / I hope you’re living right / Welcome to the new dark ages / And the world might end tonight.” It’s nice to see that Bad Religion hasn’t lost their touch. New Maps of Hell — their 14th album to date and their follow up to 2004’s The Empire Strikes First — charts new territory via Epitaph July 10th. NICHOLAS MILLS

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